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The h-tron quattro concept is uses hydrogen as its main power source that combines with a fuel-cell system to deliver up to 110 kW with a battery that provides a temporary boost of up to 100 kW. The power is sent to the ground via two electric motors – one at the front and one at the rear – which gives the h-tron quattro concept true all-wheel drive capability. The front electric motor develops 90 kW, and its rear counterpart 140 kW. Accelerating from 0-62 mph can be done in under seven seconds and Audi says that it will only take about four minutes to refuel the hydrogen tanks.

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Audi hasn’t announced when the hydrogen fuel-cell technology will debut in a production vehicle, but both the h-tron quattro and e-tron quattro concepts are expected to be a preview of Audi’s upcoming Q6 e-tron electric SUV. The all-electric SUV will go head-to-head with the Tesla Model X when it arrives some time in 2018.

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